Germany, France, Spain suspend AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs amid blood-clot concerns

  • Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of AstraZeneca's (NASDAQ:AZN) COVID-19 shots after several countries reported possible serious side-effects.
  • This move is another blow to the continent's sluggish vaccination rollout and threatens the credibility of jab itself.
  • German Health Minister Jens Spahn said that although the risk of blood clots was low, it could not be ruled out.
  • 'This is a professional decision, not a political one," Spahn said, adding he was following a recommendation of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, Germany's vaccine regulator.
  • Seven cases of blood clotting were reported in Germany following the administration of 1.6M doses in the country.
  • France and Italy suspended the vaccine's use pending an assessment by EMA.
  • 'The decision taken, in conformity also with our European policy, is to suspend, out of precaution, vaccination with the AZ shot, hoping that we can resume quickly if the EMA's guidance allows," French President Emmanuel Macron said.
  • 'The EMA will meet soon to clarify any doubts so that the AstraZeneca vaccine can be resumed safely in the vaccination campaign as soon as possible," said Gianni Rezza, Director General of Prevention at Italy's Ministry of Health.
  • AstraZeneca said earlier it had conducted a review covering more than 17M people vaccinated in the EU and the UK which had shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.

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